If you've walked by/around Astor Place in the last week or so, then you've likely noticed some actual progress as the reconstruction process plods along... In the next few photos, you can see the new permanent plaza on Astor Place adjacent to the Chase branch take shape ...
... and workers have added more details to the plaza...
As of late yesterday, part of the new plaza was open to pedestrian traffic...
For a little comparison, here's how things were looking here on Jan. 17...
As previously noted, plans for the multi-year(s) project have included reconfiguring/revamping the Astor Place/Cooper Square streetscape with three new permanent plazas, additional seating, trees and a new design for Peter Cooper Park.
Some day it will look like this...
[A rendering of the new Astor Place]
As for when Astor Place's more famous tenant, the Alamo, will return... there isn't any mention of the cube in the posted timelines. Workers packed up and carted off The Alamo for safekeeping for the duration of the reconstruction back on Nov. 25, 2014.
Here's a link to a weekly bulletin (PDF), noting what's happening this week.
The anticipated project completion date is now summer 2016, according to the Winter 2016 reconstruction newsletter (PDF here).
Previously on EV Grieve:
The Alamo returns to Astor Place this Halloween
Five years later, Astor Place apparently ready for its 2-year reconstruction project
This is what it might be like living inside the Alamo on Astor Place
RIP Tony Rosenthal, the sculptor who created the Astor Place cube
The Alamo has been away from Astor Place for 1 year now